153 human beings held incommunicado

  • MR MERKEL:
    Can I say this, your Honour? If your Honour could possibly give us the thoughts that your Honour had in writing so we can start working together on those forthwith – – –
  • HAYNE J:
    That is what junior solicitors are for, Mr Merkel, to scribble down what the judge said, but, yes, all right, you can have a rather scrappy draft on terms.
  • HAYNE J:
    Is it likely to be of assistance to the parties for me to make available the aide-mémoire I prepared for myself in, I think, the seven minutes I had to read the document?
  • MR DONAGHUE:
    I think that is a matter for Mr Merkel, your Honour. Our notes are adequate.
  • MR MERKEL:
    Yes, we would appreciate it, your Honour.
  • HAYNE J:
    Both sides will have the aide-mémoire. I am beginning to wonder which side of the Bar table I am sitting, gentlemen.*
  • SOURCE:
    JARK and Ors v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Anor [2014] HCATrans 150 (18 July 2014)* Merkel for the refugees used to BE a judge

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TRANSCRIPT FROM COURT PROCEEDINGS LAST WEEK IS AVAILABLE HERE – on matter of the 153 people held in custody on board an Australian ship somewhere out there on the ocean.
https://jade.barnet.com.au/Jade.html#article=338833

Has anyone has yesterdays transcript?

These are difficult reading for we non-lawyers but they do show how technical and fragile are the legal arguments on which our human rights hang in this country.

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